Girl-Mom publisher Bee Lavender talks about the experience of becoming a teen parent, and why she started this site: One cold, clear night in the spring of 1990 I let myself into my parents' home, quietly walked through the house without turning on the lights, and taped a note to the bathroom window. It read: "I'm pregnant. I'm sorry... Find Out More
Respect Yourself--Protect Yourself by Heather
I waited in that room. The harsh florescent light cast an eerie glow on everyone seated there. I squeezed my boyfriend's hand and he smiled weakly at me. We had been having sex for months. I was on The Pill. He wore a condom. That's why we were there. Both he and I had had... Find Out More
by Nina Packebush
My baby is about to turn 15. I can't believe it. I am excited, proud,scared and in awe. For his birthday I plan to give him his life story. I have been sorting through the thousands of photos taken since his birth. I have bought the acid free, large blank journal. I plan to arrange the photos and... Find Out More
A Mother's Fate
My mother was a teenage mother, as was her mother and so on. Perhaps this is why my mother could never quite believe that my passages into womanhood had truly happened. In accepting my maturation, she would have to accept her own. So, it was much easier for her to ignore it. For instance, when I began... Find Out More
Teenage pregnancy is not a "crisis" or "epidemic," like so many people would like us to believe. The only true epidemic associated with teen pregnancy is the overwhelming and universal lack of support available to young mothers. The only true crisis is the denial of the fact that teenage girls can be, are, and always have been, both sexual and maternal beings, with the capacity to love, procreate, and nurture.
We love our children fiercely. We protect and care for them like any mother, of any age, would. Through Girl-Mom, We hope to slowly show that to the world.
Girl-Mom in no way encourages teen pregnancy, as some critics have implied. Girl-Mom encourages mothers. We encourage all young women who have chosen to become mothers. We encourage all young mothers to stand up for themselves, to fight for their children, to empower themselves and to defy the notion that being young means that you are unworthy of parenthood.
We do not encourage childless teens to follow our path; face it, it's a tough path. But we encourage all teens that wake to the call of "mama!" before dawn breaks, to do all that they can to empower themselves and nurture their children. We encourage those who, through their own choices and freewill, have evolved from Girl to Girl-Mom. The girls who frequent this site are intelligent, strong, compassionate, socially aware, politically active, and eternally nurturing. Together, we will change the face of "teen parenthood."